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from our friends at Houzz
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8 Laundry Room Ideas to watch for this year
January 19, 2015
The laundry room is one of those spaces that, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is always in use. If you have a large family, your laundry machines are likely running every day — sometimes even every night. With so much time being spent in these hardworking spaces, it’s worth taking the time to make them as functional and efficient as possible.
Check out the most popular laundry rooms of 2014 from our friends at http://www.houzz.com/ for inspiration and design tips. There are many great ideas to help you get started on building your dream laundry room, and J&M Constructionwill help you design and build the laundry room that best fits your vision – and your budget!
1. Pets Welcomed
The dream of having a large dog-washing area in a mudroom/laundry room is something any pet owner can get behind. Here are 3 great examples:
Included in this 9x11 foot laundry room is the dogwash station, with matching subway tile backsplash and stone flooring::
Cats, on the other hand, would love to have this fun cutout door leading to their litter boxes. It’s hard to say which is more appealing here — the clever custom cutouts for the appliances or the cozy, warm spot for the cat.And, it’s hard to see past the stunning blue cabinets in this laundry room, but the clay-body tile backsplash sure does fight for attention:
Pet-washing stations come up a lot in the most popular laundry rooms, and for good reason. After all, who really wants to bathe their dog in the same area where they bathe themselves and their kids? Here a 30x30” washing station, coupled with a dog bed nook, makes this a truly pet-friendly laundry room:
2. Drying Racks
If these top photos are any indication, 2015 will continue to be the era of the drying rack!
This 10x18 foot galley-style laundry room was one of the most popular laundry room photos in 2014. What did readers love about it? Well, almost everything, from the 5 custom-designed drying racks — 2 of which have beadboard backing — to the apron sink and paint color on the walls:
3. Rich Colors
Many homeowners seem to be embracing dark, moody colors in their laundry areas. The rich, slate-colored custom cabinets and 1-inch-square mosaic tiles give this laundry room sophisticated appeal. Meanwhile, the double-stacked 27-inch-wide washer and dryer units could make any family envious:
It’s the combination of colors and tones that make this space a success. With the rich wood cabinets and stone flooring, the modern red appliances almost disappear. Dark ebony stained doors richly frame a marble countertop and Hermès wallpaper to help make the most of this 68x28 inch closet:
4. Natural Light Homeowners seem to love sunny laundry rooms last year.
In this light-filled room, warm gray walls, wood countertops and canvas laundry baskets create a relaxed, welcoming vibe, while plenty of function lurks below the surface. For example, a pullout ironing board is in a drawer beside the washer and dryer. And the drawers above the laundry baskets are actually drying racks, making the 9x14 foot space work hard for the family of six:
Fresh and clean are two things everyone wants with their laundry room. Natural light, all-white appliances and cabinets, and an icy backsplash make this laundry room bright and appealing:
“A place for everything…” is something we can all aspire to in our laundry rooms, and cubbies are a quick and easy way to get there. From a small drop-down drying rack to a countertop ironing board and cubbies for supplies, this room is all about efficiency:
And, you can never have too much storage space around your washer and dryer. Never:
Extra-large cubbies, a spot for a pup, and a sunny disposition make doing laundry less of a chore in this space:
6. Pullout Drawers and More
If it doesn’t pull out, don’t bother. That seemed to be a mantra many homeowners were shouting.
After all, laundry rooms typically are hectic spaces, so anything that can reduce visual and physical noises is always in style. Here, cabinet panes were affixed to the appliance doors to create a smooth wall of cabinets when closed. Meanwhile, a folding table and ironing board can be stored neatly away as well:
Foldaway doors reveal a compact yet superefficient laundry space, with a pullout ironing board, there’s even a sink and folding space:
7. Statement Backsplashes
An eye-catching backsplash is an affordable way to make a big statement in a small space. That’s why you’re seeing them pop up in laundry rooms more and more.
Here, a stainless steel brick-patterned mosaic backsplash takes this closet from boring to bodacious:
8. Bonus Features
Sure, laundry rooms are about washing clothes, but they don’t have to be just for that. Special features can add a multiuse dimension to the room.
This laundry room nails all the desired elements — folding table, hanging rod, plenty of storage. And for another type of storage, above and beyond is the vertical wine refrigerator:
The open space and granite countertops make this space easy to like. But the gift-wrapping peninsula turns it into it a room anyone can fall in love with:
This gift-wrapping station has a clever pullout supply closet:
Create a list of all of the laundry room features you would like, and J&M Construction will help you understand the features, costs, and even alternatives. We'll help you turn your laundry room woes into a laundry room dream.